Can FAS account names be changed?

The assigned or chosen FAS account or user name can be changed only under very specific conditions:

  • A misspelled user name resulting from an error in our database.
If, for example, John Harvard was misspelled to jharverd, we would correct the spelling error.
  • A legal name change.
Ensure the change has been made with the appropriate Registrar or Personnel Office before requesting the change to your FAS username.
  • If the automated method of creating the FAS username creates one that is offensive or inappropriate.
George D. Ross, for example, would be able to request a change from gross to ross2 or gdross.
  • If you want to change your username because of a security concern, (e.g., harassment), please email with a report of the problem.

If you fall into one of these categories, please send an e-mail to with the following information:

    1. Harvard University ID number (HUID).
    2. Current username and requested username.
    3. Phone number.
    4. A time when you will not be logged into your account for approximately three hours during a normal business day. The account cannot be changed while you are logged in (i.e. checking e-mail or using a lab computer).
    5. Reason for wanting a username change.

      In sensitive cases in which you are uncomfortable with e-mailing this information, contact the HUIT Service Desk at (617) 495-9000.